We are very fortunate to live in an exceptionally beautiful area with a relatively low crime rate, good schools, and world-class recreational opportunities. Many of our Madison neighbors, however, are struggling day-to-day with the effects of both acute and chronic poverty. Malnutrition, physical & mental health, education, employment and crime are issues that 18.3% of our children 1  are faced with every day.

Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families. But unless you’ve experienced poverty, it’s difficult to truly understand. The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) bridges that gap from misconception to understanding. CAPS is an interactive immersion experience. It sensitizes community participants to the realities of poverty.

Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS)

Please visit http://poverty.ruralmadison.org for more information

While we know that simulation exercises alone won’t help end poverty here, understanding the day-to-day reality is important for everyone involved in trying to make a difference – from policymakers to service providers.  The COMMUNITY ACTION POVERTY SIMULATION (CAPS) is a unique tool that helps people begin to understand what life is like with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress.

To learn more about CAPS or to schedule an exercise for your organization, please visit http://poverty.ruralmadison.org/


1 Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE).